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Five 49ers to watch against the Saints

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Players to keep an eye on when the 49ers travel to New Orleans on Sunday.

The San Francisco 49ers are expecting reinforcements before Sunday’s matchup against the New Orleans Saints. Kyle Shanahan sounded optimistic that a host of starters would make their return to the lineup this week. We’re feeling dangerous here at Niners Nation, focusing on players that are currently on the injury report but are expected to start and assuming the risk of a surprise...

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Kyle Posey

Saleh on Warner’s success: He was the smartest combine interview I’ve ever had

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The 49ers DC spoke to the media after Thursday’s practice.

San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh discussed the Saints, Drew Brees, what has made Fred Warner so good, and much more.

Any update you can provide on DL Arik Armstead? Is that a serious--?

“No, just a vet day. He had a big workload in that Baltimore game, the things we were asking him to do, just give him a day off.”

So, there’s no concern he...

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49ers' showdown with Saints could decide NFC's No. 1 seed

The 49ers still have control of their postseason road. The biggest difference? Their margin for error is thinner.

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Joe the Wizard

Golden Nuggets: The “ransacking” of New Orleans

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San Francisco 49ers links for Friday December 6, 2019

The meaning of ransacking is: “go hurriedly through (a place) stealing things and causing damage.” While I did not have that exact meaning in mind, we need to run the ball well and get to Drew Brees often if we want to win.

Having Matt Breida back along with a healthy George Kittle and Kyle Juszczyk should really help our running game. Mike McGlinchey starting to look like he did last year does not...

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Kyle Posey

Thursday night football thread: Can the Bears beat a competent quarterback?

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(Probably not)

You know how I’m always talking about play the trends and judge a team based on they’ve done the past month and a half or so as opposed to the entire season? Well, if you look at the Chicago Bears and their numbers, they look great. Then you realize the Bears played the Lions twice and Daniel Jones. The one team Chicago played that can put up any sort of fight on defense, the Rams, they averaged three yards per play against them. So...

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Kyle Posey

Sean Payton on Jimmy G: He’s playing extremely well

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The Saints head coach spoke with the media to discuss the 49ers

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton broke down the San Francisco 49ers, as well as some of the players and the Week 14 matchup.

On what jumps about the 49ers (Maiocco)

Historically, and this hasn’t changed in our league, their ability to run the football, their ability to score, and conversely on defense, with what they’re doing, it’s been super impressive....

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Kyle Posey

Sherman on Tim Ryan’s comments: There was truth in what Ryan was saying, but word choice could have been better

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What do you think?

Many of you have asked/commented on why we haven’t talked about this. At first, I had zero interest in covering this “story” for obvious reasons. San Francisco 49ers radio announcer Tim Ryan was suspended for comments he made about Lamar Jackson. Ryan said, “he’s really good at that fake, Lamar Jackson, but when you consider his dark skin color with a dark football with a dark uniform, you could not see...

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Analyst apologizes to Niners for Jackson remarks

Radio analyst Tim Ryan offered a mea culpa to players and members of the 49ers organization Thursday for saying Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson's dark skin helps him conceal a dark football when using fake handoffs in Baltimore's zone-read-heavy offense.

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Kyle Posey

Injury updates: Armstead was given a veteran’s day off; Pettis returns to practice

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R-E-L-A-X

The beat writers reported that San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead did not participate in Thursday’s practice. The best detail came from The Athletic’s Matt Barrows, who said he saw Armstead leaving practice before it began accompanied by the training staff. NBC Sports’ Jennifer Lee Chan reported that linebacker Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles and another player knocked knees during a special teams drill....

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Kyle Posey

49ers defense vs. Saints offense by the numbers: Finding ways to contain Kamara

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A statistical breakdown previewing where the Saints and 49ers biggest strengths are on this side of the ball

We know that the 49ers are slight underdogs against the Saints. Now let’s dig into some numbers to see how each team stacks up against each other. We’ll start with when New Orleans has the ball. I don’t like looking at season numbers at this point in the year. So I’ll be using data based on Week 8 and on, which was the trade deadline. It’s...

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Why 49ers fans need to breathe easy and humble themselves

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Kevin Mitchell debuts for Niners Nation, and tells fans to relax, and enjoy the ride.

Well, faithful, another close game, and another loss by a field goal to another great (winning) team. Go ahead and buckle up so we can get moving. I have a few things on my chest I want to get off, so we’re going to take this ride and talk about it.

The 49ers two losses have been to the two frontrunners for the 2019 MVP: Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks (9-2),...

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Kyle Posey

Fred Warner named NFC Defensive player of the month

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It’s been quite the season for the San Francisco 49ers defense. Plenty of players have stepped up and taken their game to the next level. You could argue nobody has meant more to the Niners defense than linebacker(quarterback?) Fred Warner. He gets everyone lined up, makes all the checks, but most importantly, he makes plays. Warner was named the NFC defensive player of the month for November, which was well deserved.

49ers...

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Kyle Posey

49ers open up as 3-point underdogs to the Saints

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It’s down to -2.5, which indicates big bettors are betting on San Francisco

The San Francisco 49ers have played their fair share of thrilling games this season. It’s either been a blowout, or the games have come down to the final couple of possessions in 2019 for the Niners. The excitement should continue over the next month and beyond. Week 14’s matchup against the New Orleans Saints should be another exciting game between two of the top teams in...

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Kyle Posey

Shanahan on Gould: All those misses this year haven’t been totally his fault

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The 49ers head coach spoke to the media Wednesday after practice

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan spoke to the media Wednesday afternoon to discuss the Florida weather, some injuries, Kentavius Street’s role, and much more.

You guys seemed to have some energy today. Is that something you’ve picked up on?

“Yeah, I thought so too. I mean, the fields are unbelievable and it’s beautiful weather. We’ve been in the...

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Better Rivals podcast: A Super Bowl preview lost on the margins

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Did we learn anything new after a tough loss in Baltimore?

On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, David returns to break down the little things that cost the 49ers their second tough game of the season. How did the 49ers defend the zone read? Were the end of the halves really mis-managed? And did we learn anything new about the 49ers after this game? All that, plus Seth Galina returns to preview the Saints, playoff...

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Kyle Posey

Niners Nation prediction contest Week 14

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One of the games best young running backs in the game and Alvin Kamara

The Niners Nation prediction contest is back for Week 14 of NFL action. You predict the score of the games, and those closest to the final score accrue points for the week and cumulative throughout the season. At the end of the season, we take the Top 16 contestants and run a Top 16 Playoff contest to determine the individual season winner. For those missing the...

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49ers Radio Broadcaster Tim Ryan Suspended for Racist Lamar Jackson Comments

The San Francisco 49ers suspended radio analyst Tim Ryan for one game after he made racist comments about Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson , according to the San Francisco Chronicle 's Matthias Gafni and Lauren Hernandez ...

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49ers suspend radio broadcaster Tim Ryan over Lamar Jackson comment

San Francisco 49ers color commentator Tim Ryan has been suspended for one game after suggesting that Lamar Jackson is good at faking handoffs because of “dark skin with a dark football.” Ryan made the comments in a Monday appearance on KNBR’s “Murph and Mac” when analyzing Jackson’s performance in Sunday’s Baltimore Ravens victory. Ryan said, via Matthias Gafni and Lauren Hernandez of the San Francisco Chronicle: “He’s really good at that fake, Lamar Jackson, but when you...

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Kyle Posey

49ers fall behind Seahawks in NFL’s latest Power Rankings

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Eye roll

We’ve been consistent in only using NFL.com’s Power Rankings this season. The San Francisco 49ers have been No. 1 for a few weeks, but a loss to Baltimore allowed the Ravens to take over the top spot. With the loss, the Niners fell to No. 3. Here’s what the author had to say:

The 49ers showed they were up to the challenge in a showdown with the red-hot Ravens, but their inability to make the big play in the second half -- not to mention,...

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Patrick Holloway

Could the Carolina Panthers be a destination for Robert Saleh?

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When I start the Black Monday primer, I know wrinkles will be coming. Take this one: the Carolina Panthers have already fired Ron Rivera. As questionable as the Panthers are, I did not see that one coming. Rivera has been a good coach and took the Panthers to a Super Bowl in the 2015 season. This year, they lost quarterback Cam Newton early-on which hurt, but getting beat by Washington is inexcusable.

It still seems like the Panthers could do worse...

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